Florida Supreme Court Puts Abortion Ban on The Ballot

Florida Supreme Court Puts Abortion Ban on The Ballot
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The Facts

  • The conservative-leaning Florida Supreme Court on Monday upheld the state's ban on abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy but also allowed voters to reinstate it via a ballot initiative in November.

  • The judges overturned a 1989 ruling granting abortion rights through the second trimester of pregnancy. Nearly 10K women who had abortions in 2023 were from outside the state.

The Spin

Democratic narrative

The Florida Supreme Court's decision to uphold Ron DeSantis' six-week abortion ban, along with its approval of a ballot amendment protecting abortion rights, puts Republican presidential favorite Donald Trump in a bind. He must choose between alienating voters, while DeSantis's own political maneuvers could also potentially affect the presidential race.

Republican narrative

Florida Democrats are rallying behind the ballot initiative approved by the state Supreme Court, but Floridians, in general, are for reasonable abortion limits. Those opposed to a nuanced and reasonable point of view taking into account Florida voters are actually extreme. Compromises with such extremism must be condemned and avoided over and above the court's approval of the abortion ban.

Narrative C

The Florida Supreme Court has ignited a political firestorm for the upcoming election by overturning decades of precedent. Its contentious rulings underscore a deep political culture war that even transcends the abortion issue. Florida's electorate now faces a pivotal decision that will shape the state's future trajectory.

Metaculus Prediction

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